How God uses angels to assist our prayers

The word angel means messenger in Greek, and the witness of scripture and many ancient Christian writers suggests one of the main jobs angels undertake is to act as courier for our prayers. The archangels Raphael and Gabriel both identify themselves as angels who stand in the presence of the Lord. Raphael helpfully explains the purpose of this position in the twelfth chapter of Tobit, saying that he “present[s] the prayers of…

Don’t forget the angels, Hollywood

Hollywood is going back to the Bible. We’ve already seen major releases covering Noah and Moses. A biopic on the apostle Paul is now underway. Cain and Pontius Pilate are still in the works. And Mark Burnett seems like he’s happy sticking with the first century for the foreseeable future. But if producers are looking for a real opportunity within the pages of Holy Writ, they should look to angels. I know,…

Fr. Peter Gillquist’s angelic welcome

It’s appropriate to contemplate angels rejoicing at our homecoming. After all, if we are the heirs of salvation and if angels are ministers to the heirs of salvation as Paul says in Hebrews, then our final success is their success too. My mind turns to this subject after hearing about the passing of the beloved Fr. Peter Gillquist. Upon the passing of Acholius the bishop of Thessalonica, Ambrose of Milan said something…